The first time my daughter ever used an expletive, I asked her what it meant and she didn't know. So I told her not to use words that she didn't know the meaning. That took care of things for awhile.
Fast forward to a few years later at about the age of 7 or 8 when she used another...and did
know the meaning.
I handed her a thesaurus and told her to show her intelligence and choose more creative language, before someone makes a mistake and thinks she is either stupid or lazy.
She came up with a rather catchy amusing substitute. (I'll let you know what it was later in the story)
A few weeks later, my husband was rather angry at a friend of his about something and called him the original expletive my daughter had used earlier. (he has a pretty hot temper and can cuss up a storm)
My daughter ran into the house and grabbed the thesaurus, came back out, handed it to her dad and told him the same thing I had told her.
He wasn't in the mood for it, threw the thesaurus across the courtyard and gave her a look like he was going to bite her head off.
She then said to him "Ok, ok, you can use mine if you want. You can call him a 'fanny cranny
'." (I love this expletive substitute of hers!)
He replied with "How about I just call him a 'meatball'?"
"But Daddy...that doesn't mean the same thing." (brave girl, arguing with her dad while he is already angry)
He yelled out "I don't care...he has a meatball for a brain!"
Everyone else in the courtyard heard this and ever since that day, everyone has been calling my husband's friend by the nickname of "Meatball"...with most of them not knowing why.
This nickname has stuck with the poor guy for close to 14 years.
Even his bowling team called him that, and on occasion had even put that as his name on the scorecard.
Not long after that, I was having troubles with Windows Vista and it made me so very mad that for the first time in my life I really felt like saying some terrible things. Now App101 has a "welcome back" quote in the DC IRC channel of me saying the smurf word a lot.
<Deozaan> I have never purposely said a cuss word in my life and I'm ready to cuss big time!
<Deozaan> This is smurfing me off! I'm so smurfing smurfed by vista that I feel like smurfing the smurfing smurf out of the smurfing smurfer!All that smurfing 'smurf' smurf really irritated the smurf out of my spellcheck!